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Published Luxury Travel & Style magazine 2009

Superb world class standard of luxury villa accommodation of 7 large spacious villas over two absolute beachfront locations. Private escape for the indulgent traveler.

Situated right on two absolute beachfront locations in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa’s villas set a new benchmark in top class villa accommodation in the Cook Islands. All villas have decks that step right on to the white sands of the lagoon edge with all the villas being only a few metres at the most from the waters of the lagoon.

Each villa has it’s own private swimming pool, private courtyard, complete with waterfalls cascading off huge rocks into the pool. The 5 beachfront villas all have the addition of hot spa pools for those cooler stargazing evenings, some on the lagoon side of the villa and some sitting in the tropical gardens.

Each villa has two bedrooms, two bathrooms to choose from – superking handcarved four poster netted beds, some bedrooms have indoor streams (complete with tropical fish)!. The bathrooms are pure luxury with Italian fittings, marble throughout and even circular showers !

The Ultimate Villa has it’s own private movie theatre with full projection and surround sound. It boasts a 2.5 metre screen with a huge range of movies for your entertainment. The other villas, depending on the category have a range of LCD TV screens from 42 inch through to 60 inch. Again, these come with full surround sound Home Theatre systems built into their living area entertainment centres for a movie sensation that has to be seen to be believed.

There are complimentary kayaks for each villa gues use, a full range of snorkeling gear, and hundreds of DVD’s and CD’s to choose from.

There are many excellent restaurants close by, should guests not feel like using the full kitchens that the villas provide, or maybe the personal chef option is preferable. The fully cheffed Barbeques are extremely popular. Breakfasts are provided daily. Either a full continental breakfast including tropical fruit smoothies or the bacon, egg, hasbrowns, self cook option all fully prepared /delivered time of your choice.

Rumours now has it’s own onsite Spa Facility with two fully trained therapists available for a host of spa treatments including a state of the art Vichy Shower. The new spa has indoor waterfalls flowing off natural rock into fish laden stream with piped relaxing music and candle lit ambiance to enhance the therapies being undertaken.

VIP status for all guests: Private car transfers, superior welcome flower ei’s, arrival Champagne gift basket including snacks, Rumous Sarong, etc. Wireless internet available in villas.

The Secret of the South Pacific
(Published Winter edition Ultimate Boating and Lifestyle magazine – Australia).

Rarotonga is an island formed of steep volcanic mountains. Richly blessed by nature, this is where you will find Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa – situated on the edge of two beautiful beaches Muri Beach and Titikaveka, dotted with romantic villas which combine the luxurious and the extraordinary.

The villas all have private swimming pools, gated courtyards with large deck areas, tropical gardens - and all beachfront villas boast hot spa pools, waterfalls cascading over rock features into pools and streams – some meandering right through villas, complete with tropical fish !

Within the design ethos of the villas is pure tropical, with fresh succulent palettes, native motifs and flotsam and jetsam” that evoke the sun, sea and endless summer – always to the pinnacle of exceptional five star luxury.

Huge four poster superking beds are the order of the day, and the beds in Aitutaki are every bit true to island style, albeit softly draped with muslin nets, enveloped in luxury linen and sublimely comfortable.

Local materials have been used wherever possible, juxtaposed with cool marble flooring throughout, a soothing touch underfoot in the tropical heat. The bathrooms – utter havens for reviving the mind and body, manage to unite the indoors and nature, yet still retaining total privacy. There is nothing primitive about your accommodation. Lounges boast the latest LCD TV’s with full surround sound, and a litany of complimentary DVD’s to while away languid evenings.

Breakfasts are sumptuous, included in your tariff and may prove to be the most vigorous activity you undertake during your stay, thanks to the ample choice: Continental, tropical American self cook – all delivered to your villa at the time of your choice. Full kitchen facilities mean the choice is yours – self catering, fine dining, delivery of meals, fully cheffed BBQ’s or use your own culinary skills to impress your Man/Girl Friday. Order a picnic hamper with Champagne and gourmet morsels of course, and explore of the hidden reaches of your island abode. Some of the above dining choices are only available at Rumours Rarotonga, but still good choices in Aitutaki as well.

The Spa at Rumours Rarotonga is equipped with two impeccably trained Spa Therapists on site six days a week to delight you with a lengthy list of spa and beauty treatments including the mandatory Vichy Shower with all treatments provided in the privacy of one of the three treatment rooms.

Any wonder Rumours specialises in honeymoons, celebrations of significant occasions and the latest reason to holiday a deux – Babymoon, just Mum and Dad to be, before baby makes three.

Judging by the guests’ effusive comments, largely repeating the phrases “intimate”, “catering for our every whim”, “seclusion” and “home away from home”, devotees of the Rumours experience count the days until their next excuse to castaway in such superb style.

For information on the Rarotonga villas, email: [email protected]

Published World Magazine 2007

Romance has long been associated with the Cook Islands. This idyllic group of fifteen coral and volcanic islands have emitted the sirens’ call to many who have passed their shores and today attract castaway couples from all over the world wanting to exchange barefoot vows under a tropical sky. While some might say that the rumours have been greatly exaggerated, if the couple silhouetted under a palm tree etched into my breakfast plate is any indication, they’re about to come true.

“Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa’s seven spacious lifestyle villas on Muri Beach on the southeast coast of Rarotonga bring a new level of privacy, sophistication and luxury to the Cook Islands. “As the name implies, the main market is honeymooners and people wanting absolute privacy and luxury to reconnect with each other. Australians contribute around 50% of the business and Rumours has become a much sought after wedding destination for young couples and those dipping their toes in the matrimonial waters for a second or third time. Honeymooners constitute around 80% of the guests and at least two weddings a month happen, particularly in the Ultimate Villa which is recognized as the best of the best on the island, It has become evident that when people want the best, the rate becomes relatively unimportant.

With the South Pacific frothing over the coral atoll like a hearbeat and a waterfall cascading into your private pool, saying “I Do” couldn’t have a more romantic setting.

The sun dances with the water sprinkling on my back under the outdoor shower as the turquoise serenity of Muri Lagoon beckons seductively just a few sandy steps away. I’m tempted, but having cruised it’s aquatic delights in the complimentary his and her kayaks, it’s time to explore the interior of Villa 5. The décor is rich in colour yet understated in luxury – a modern home by the sea. Surrounded by impossible shades of blue, interior walls are the colour of Latte with cool marble floors and honey hued hardwoods. Towering feature walls of coral stone washed up during the 2005 cyclones have been artfully recycled to create a canvas of natural island style. A glass of bubbles on ice from the complimentary welcome basket of gourmet goodies is the perfect accessory to the three absolute beachfront villas that also have heated spa pools to star-gaze. The bathroom is simple elegance with glass block walls filtering light onto the shower’s pebbled floor, it’s flattering hue reflected in two large carved antique mirrors above Italian ceramic basins that scoop gracefully out of a raw piece of marble.

Rather than tear ourselves away to eat at one of a handful of nearby restaurants, a gourmet kitchen and two barbeques are on stand-by. With fresh fish and locally grown vegetables and fruits purchased from roadside stalls plus general provisions from one of the two supermarkets in the main township of Avarua just 20 minutes around the island, I don the cook’s apron and whip up a simple island feast of yellowfin tuna caught somewhere between the reef and the horizon. But if that sounds like too much hard work, “Rumours will arrange in-house gourmet catering from champagne brunches to dinner baskets. All villas have state-of-the-art Sony LCD TV units with DVD players while the Ultimate Villa has a dedicated Movie Theatre room, complete with 2.5metre screen and full theatre projector.

Peeling back the tevaevae quilt of local Cook Island’s design appliquéd in tones of sand and clotted cream, I sink into the super king sized bed draped in vanilla netting, the sounds of the South Pacific gently receding into the recesses of my mind. So if you’re ready to mix up the ingredients for some Cook Island magic, then wrap yourself in the complimentary sarong, which thoughtfully comes with “how to tie” instructions and an intoxicatingly scented tropical “ei” and romance just might be more than a rumour !!